/ New Pioneer 520 Arrived #81
- Aug 11, 2001
- Monkton, Vermont
- NH TC33D Modified with belly pan, limb risers & FOPS for work in the woods
Where it mentions: ...Automotive-style automatic transmission with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and Reverse. Three drive modes include 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with Differential lock. AT/MT modes with paddle shifting on the deluxe models.... ?
It is confusing but I was told: 2WD = powered by the two locked rear wheels, 4WD adds the front, 4WD Lock locks the front differential.
That is exactly what I thought and have experienced with on a few other atvs. Ex. 2wd both
Rears will spin 4wd both rears and one front spins, diff lock all four wheels spin.
Well, I had not realized that at all. I guess that explains why some ATVs offer a "Turf Mode" (i.e. 1 wheel drive): it's less expensive/less complicated than putting in a rear differential, which would make Turf Mode unnecessary.
I just downloaded and looked through the P700 manual here is the explanation of 4WD Diff Lock:
4WD Diff Lock - This mode supplies power to the front and rear wheels, and locks the front differential. As a result, steering will require extra space and effort. Select this mode for maximum traction
To the OP - sorry for the topic drift. I am interested in hearng more about how your Honda Pioneer 520 handles in poor traction situations as well as on the lawn.